Disney and magic go hand and hand. But, even Disney has outdone itself with the magical world created at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. The water park is based on a story dreamed up about a ski resort in Florida, that, of course, couldn’t survive the warm temperatures so the snow melted. That’s right. Disney created its own tropical winter wonderland. This is a one-of-a-kind attraction you don’t want to miss.
Top 7 Things to Do at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park
1. Experience the Thrill of Summit Plummet
Blizzard Beach Water Park claims Summit Plummet is “one of the tallest, fastest freefall body slides in the world” with a nearly vertical 120-foot drop. Thrill-seekers have to climb 12 stories up Mount Gushmore before they take the plunge. A digital clock will track your speed to let you see just how fast the rush really is.
After the drop you’ll slide through a dark tunnel and finish in a spray of white water, completing your 300-foot ride. The slide is one of the most famous attractions at the park and guests must be at least 48 inches tall to ride.
2. Relax Down Cross Country Creek
The creek allows you to take a break from the big thrills and coast through the park. Grab an inner tube to leisurely enjoy the 3,000-foot polar-themed route. There are seven landings throughout the park to access the creek.
Cross Country Creek is full of polar caves, green forests, pebble bridges and more. You can expect to be sprayed with water throughout the ride and get plenty of sunshine. The park’s mascot, Ice Gator, makes his appearance at Cross Country Creek. You can access Cross Country Creek at ground level.
3. Take the Big Kids to Ski Patrol Training Camp
Adventure can be found at Ski Patrol Training Camp for older kids and teens. The interactive area allows guests to compete or play on a variety of obstacles. The Thin Ice Training Course lets you test your balance using cargo nets for help. There’s a zip line that ends in an 8.5-foot splash pool. There’s also a variety of intermediate-level body slides for pint-sized thrills.
There aren’t height restrictions in the Ski Patrol Training Camp, except you must be at least five feet tall to ride the zip line.
4. Take the Little Kids to Tike’s Peak
Tike’s Peak is perfect for preschool-age kids and younger. In fact, guests must be 48 inches or shorter to play, so little ones really can rule the area. There are miniature versions of the park’s slides for your youngest to enjoy. There’s a mini inner tube ride and side-by-side slides for kids to race their friends. There’s a big wading pool for play and igloos to hide behind for water fights with the pop-up jets.
Kids can also get out of the water and into the sand to make their most impressive sand castles. All kids in the Tike’s Peak area must have an adult present at all times for supervision.
5. Ride the Chairlift
Just like any other ski resort, Blizzard Beach Water Park has a chairlift to get you to the top of the slopes. Guests can use the chairlift to easily access rides, or just to take in the whole park from a whole new perspective – up above it all.
The chairlift goes up the Green Slope to help guests access Summit Plummet, Slush Gusher, a slide not quite as extreme, and Teamboat Springs, a whitewater raft ride for the whole family. You must be at least 32 inches tall to ride the chairlift. No inner tubes are allowed on the lift.
6. Grab a Bite to Eat… and a Frosty Beverage
A day in the water is sure to up your appetite and the variety of restaurants in the park don’t disappoint.
The Lottawatta Lodge allows you to grab a burger, sandwich, wrap or a salad for lunch. It also has “brew-skis” for adults looking for a draft beer. The Lodge has refillable mugs that allow guests to have unlimited drinks throughout the day.
The Warming Hut has a variety of rice bowls including chicken teriyaki and carne mechata. The menu also includes empanadas, egg rolls and adult beverages including bottled beer and sangria.
Near the chairlift, Arctic Expeditions, a meals-on-wheels snowmobile, is set up. The menu includes harvest salads, cheese steak sandwiches and chicken gyros.
There are also plenty of stands to grab a frozen treat or get pretzels, popcorn, mini donuts or a funnel cake. The Polar Pub, located near the Melt-Away Bay, has plenty of themed cocktails for an afternoon drink.
7. Unwind in a Polar Patio
There is so much to do at Blizzard Beach Water Park, you’ll definitely want to spend the day there. But, of course, you’ll need some breaks, and a chance to eat or unwind. The Polar Patios provide a perfect set-up. The shaded areas have lounge chairs, towels, coolers stocked with ice and water bottles and lockers for your valuables. A park attendant can take your food order for your convenience. The patios can accommodate up to six guests and reservations are required.
A trip to Disney isn’t complete without visiting Blizzard Beach Water Park. It’s the perfect way to enjoy the warm Florida sun while the wintery ski resort attractions provide a fun way to cool off. Try your hand at the daring water slides or float the day away down the lazy river. Adults, teens and little ones will all find something to love at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park. Be sure to capture the memories and share with your loved ones. A fun Disney-scape and brilliant sunshine is always Instagram-worthy.